Community Law Waikato - Te Tari Ture ā-Hapori o Waikato, believe that legal help is a fundamental human right and should be available to all those living in Aotearoa.

Our focus is to help people who cannot access legal services and we aim to help as many as we can. There are many reasons people cannot access legal services, the common barrier being cost (hence our help being free). We take into account a range of factors such as language barriers, mental illness, and debt.

The Centre has an experienced team of paid and volunteer professionals who can help with a broad range of legal issues. For examples of the types of legal problems we may be able to help with, keep scrolling down.

Our main hub is in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) and we help people living in the entire Waikato region. 

What we can help with

If you are unsure about whether we can help, the best thing to do is to call us. The law can be complex and every situation is different. 

Our team work alongside many community groups. If for some reason we are not able to help, we will point you in the right direction. This may include providing you with some information as a starting point and options for support through other avenues.

If you are interested in looking at our resources & information section, click on the button below.

     Common problems:

  • Employment disputes and breaches including unpaid entitlements (ie wages or leave) and personal grievances (ie unfair dismissals or exploitation) 
  • Welfare / Benefit entitlements and disputes with Work and Income or MSD (including Review Hearings, Social Security Appeals, and Social Housing Assessments / reviews)
  • ACC claims and disputes (including Review Hearings)
  • Immigration and Refugee matters (including visa applications, family reunification, and Immigration Protection Tribunal claims)
  • Tenancy, flatting, and boarding queries and disputes (including Tenancy Tribunal representation where eligible)
  • Consumer law queries and disputes (including mobile truck shops and credit lending)
  • Debt related queries and disputes (including credit contracts, lending breaches, insolvency options)
  • General human rights issues (including privacy, interference with personal and property rights such as health and disability and harassment, and ombudsman complaints)
  • Minor criminal and traffic charges (including representation and sentencing applications)

    Initial Advice and Referrals Only
  • Care of Children, Separation, Relationship Property, and Protection Orders
  • Wills, Trusts, and Powers of Attorney

Contact Us

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There will be some personal information we need to collect when we speak with you:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact details including phone and email
  • Your financial situation
  • A brief description of your legal problem including area of law
  • Who else is involved - for example if you are having problems with your boss we will need their name and company name 

Call us on 07 839 0770 or 0800 529 482 or ​email​

Service Area

Our main hub is in Kirikiriroa (Hamilton), opposite the court house at Level 2, 109 Anglesea Street.  Our centre can help people living within the entire WAIKATO region (see map).

Community Law Waikato is one of many community law centres throughout Aotearoa.  For people living outside of the Waikato region visit for your nearest community law centre.

Terms of Service

We place a high emphasis on quality service and client care. You can expect:

  • A helpful, friendly, and respectful approach
  • Practical, accurate, and client focused help
  • Clear and timely communication

The Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 2006 (LCA) regulate lawyers and legal services in New Zealand. It stipulates minimum standards around privacy, fees or charges, complaints, communication, and professional conduct. 

Before a lawyer or advocate starts talking to you, they should explain some basic service information to you ( see the Client Care Information links). Thereafter, for further services by a lawyer or advocate, you should get some more detailed information which is generally called Terms of Engagement.


"Thank you Community Law Waikato and thank you to the lawyer who helped me. I could not have gotten through my case without your strong support and help. I will be forever grateful to you!"

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